April 25th, 2010. I completed my first marathon in Four hours, Eleven minutes, and Sixteen seconds. The 10th running of the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon – A Run to Remember was a great marathon to choose to be my first. Over 23,000 participants lined the street in front of the Oklahoma City National Memorial at 6:30am to kick off what proved to be an exciting/excruciating 4+ hours.
Many people ask what goes through your mind when running a marathon and honestly not a whole lot goes through your mind. For a solid 3 1/2 hours, it’s “left foot, right foot, left foot, right foot,” but there were a few distinct moments that I remember where I was and what I was thinking throughout the 26.2 miles.
- 17 minutes before start time – “Gotta find a bathroom quick! There’s one.”
- 3 minutes before start time – “Gotta find a bathroom quick! Need to stretch but I can’t really bend down much as I’m dry humping that 55 year old that’s standing in front of me. I’ll forgo the bathroom break.”
- Mile 0.0 – “Amazing at how many people there are and how many people are cheering runners on at 6:30 on a Sunday morning.” There was a huge smile on my face as I crossed the start line in front of the Memorial.
- Mile 1 – “That lady is running barefoot.”
- Mile 3 – “This is so awesome running up to the Capitol with the sun rising in the east, directly where the statue on the dome is looking.”
- Mile 5 – “Seriously, only 5 miles…..”
- Mile 7 – “That’s a great sign.” It read, “RUN THIS BI@#$%@”
- From mile 7 to mile 13.1 I don’t really remember much
- Mile 13.1 – “HAAALLFFFWAAYYYY”
- Mile 14.5 – “Thank goodness we don’t have to run into the wind any more!”
- Mile 15.8 – “I lied.”
- Mile 15.9 – “There should really be more water stops even though they have them everywhere.”
- Mile 16.2 – “Single digit miles left!”
- Mile 17 – “Thank goodness we don’t have to run into the wind any more!”
- Mile 17.5 – “I’m glad I wore this Thunder shirt, I love it when they chant, “BEAT L.A.” as I run past them.”
- Mile 21 – “SH@!#@” as I hit the proverbial wall that everyone talked about
- Mile 22 – “I am just hoping to finish now.”
- Mile 22.8 – “There’s that pace group I should have stuck with from the beginning…..” as it passed me.
- Mile 23.5 – “Stretch it out, stretch it…damn, this sucks”
- Mile 24 – Some guy runs by me and says, “Come on now” and that’s all it took, I kept pace with him until the end. Thanks stranger that ran past me, you saved my race!
- Mile 25 – “This is it, home stretch! Let’s pick it up!”
- Mile 25.5 – “AMAZING!!! I’m about to finish a marathon and all these people are cheering for me to finish.”
- Mile 26.1 – “Look, it’s Beth.. and my parents…and Elvis. YES!”
- Mile 26.2 – “DONE! It’s 10:40 on a Sunday morning and I just ran 26.2 miles. Where did my legs go? I can’t really feel them. I’m still kind of looking for that bathroom from the beginning.”
- 4 minutes after finishing – “My leegggsssss.”
[EDIT}The kid that blows past me at the end only had ran 5K at this point because he was the last leg of a relay… (I’m only saying this to make me look less pathetic as an 11 year old leaves me in the dust)
That was my first marathon racing experience. It was grueling from mile 21-24 but after crossing the finish line at 26.2 miles, I felt so accomplished and even though I didn’t meet my goal time at 4 hours, I was ecstatic to have finished a full marathon. I have been drawn into the NYC Marathon on November 7th, 2010 so I plan to keep running. I love how I got somewhat addicted to running and that I actually made time to train. It’s a great feeling to have finished a full marathon for the first time in my life! Run on!